Vancouver native seeking NHL team in Seattle
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has been coy about the league's interest in Seattle as a future home for a team. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
A prospective NHL owner says he has made progress toward bringing a team to Seattle.
Victor Coleman, president and CEO of Hudson Pacific Properties, signed a “non-binding” agreement with Chris Hansen, the man who wants to build a multi-sport arena and bring an NBA team to the city, according to Seattle NBC affiliate KING5.
The deal lays out the terms for Coleman’s contribution to the stadium project and his potential revenue streams for a hockey team, thereby facilitating a move-in for an NHL franchise.
“We have a clear path,” Coleman told the TV station.
Coleman, who was raised in Vancouver, has apparently received rave reviews from the NHL. After a meeting in Seattle involving commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly back in May, a league executive described Coleman to KING5 as “the real deal.”
Hansen has a deal in place with the city to break ground on an arena if he can acquire an NBA team, but Coleman hopes he can open the door to housing an NHL team first.
“There is obviously a deal in place that can get done,” Coleman said. “The semantics by which it gets done, and the priorities by which it gets done, are going to depend on city officials, the county, and the Hansen group.”